RSscan and Materialise have teamed up to create RSPrint, a new joint venture that is capable of scanning human feet and 3D printing custom insoles that precisely fit the scanned human.
RSscan “special “Footscan®” hardware and software for dynamic pressure measurements in science, topsport, clinical markets (orthotics, podology), leisure and much more”, while Materialise is a well-known commercial 3D print service. It’s an obvious partnership: RSscan produces the digital foot models and Materialise brings them to life.
The process is straightforward: a human subject stands (barefoot, obviously) on the foot scanner and pressure sensors map the foot. Software interprets the map and produces a 3D model of insoles that complement the scanned foot. Materialise receives the 3D model and prints it for delivery.
We’re interested in this because it brings 3D printing a bit closer to the dream of individually replicated clothing. We’re not 3D printing shoes here – but we are 3D printing part of a shoe, in fact the most important and personal part of the shoe. A natural extension of this capability would be to add on uppers and lowers of various styles and sizes that match the insole. Then we’d have true, personal shoe printing.